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  • Video Games Are Better The Second Time You Play Them

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    I love to replay games. It's something my colleagues occasionally give me crap for. They worry I'm sacrificing time I could otherwise spend on new games re-experiencing old ones. I do play games for a living, so I always try to maintain a healthy mix of new ones in my rotation. But I'm almost always replaying something.
  • Two-Factor Authentication: Methods and Myths

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    When I mentioned to a few friends that I was writing a feature about two-step authentication, the typical response was an eye-roll and "Oh, that annoying thing?..." We've all had that thought when we needed to get a code before we could verify our identity online. However, after much research about two-factor authentication (often referred to as 2FA), I don't think I'll roll my eyes at it anymore.
  • Then and Now: Six Generations of $200 Mainstream Radeon GPUs Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    With the wait for next-gen AMD Vega parts becoming longer than anticipated, and considering we do their latest $200-250 offering on hand, the Radeon RX 480, we're adding a new test to our 'Then and Now' series, comparing six generations of mainstream Radeon graphics cards.
  • TechSpot Best of IFA 2016

    By TechSpot Staff on

    After several long days seeking out the best products on show at IFA's 1.6 million square foot display area, I returned home from Berlin both impressed and excited about the future of technology.
  • The Portable Workstation: Coupling Dell's XPS 13 Ultraportable with the 32" UltraSharp UP3216Q 4K Monitor

    By Shawn Knight on

    Dell recently came knocking with a simple proposition: they would send us their XPS 13 ultraportable and the 32-inch UltraSharp UP3216Q 4k monitor to play with and see how we liked it to replace one of our editor's workstation desktop PC. Being able to give away the bundle to one of our readers post-experiment was the icing on the cake.
  • Nvidia Pascal Goes Mobile: GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 & 1060 Preview

    By Steven Walton on

    Last week we were in Bangkok to attend Nvidia's special media event. The product to be unveiled was unknown so I was intrigued to say the least. Having just announced the Pascal Titan X we suspected a GTX 1080 Ti card might follow. So was it a brand new high-end gaming GPU? A boring but uber-capable server GPU? Mobile, mobile was overdue.
  • Supercharge Your Desktop and Mobile Productivity With These Clipboard Managers

    By Jose Vilches on

    The clipboard has evolved significantly throughout the years, but for all its usefulness, operating systems like Windows and macOS seem content with offering basic functionality and letting power users with more specific needs use third party clipboard managers. Here are our favorite options.
  • How to Watch Netflix with Friends Anywhere (and No, It's Not Illegal to Share Your Password)

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    Netflixing alone can get lonely, so can we combine the best of both worlds? Yes, by watching the same Netflix program together in different places. Win, win, my friends. But it's not the most clear cut thing to achieve.
  • Delete the Windows.old Folder and Save Space (Again)

    By Julio Franco on

    To keep on the safe side, Microsoft's install setup saves a full copy of your current Windows installation (that's the Windows.old directory right there), and while this will come handy in case something goes wrong or you need to revert back, it will also occupy several gigabytes of precious storage.
  • Should You Quit Your Job To Go Make Video Games?

    By Steve Marinconz on

    Your boss just pulled you into another surprise meeting. You've got a case of the Mondays. And your raise got rejected. Why not leave it all behind and roll the dice on a new career in video games? There are endless reasons to take the risk of quitting your job, and just as many reasons to tough it out and stay the safe course. The tricky part is figuring out which apply to you.
  • How This Long-Time iPhone User Switched to Android

    By Jose Vilches on

    I've been an iPhone user for over six years now and up until recently I had only used Android for minutes at a time and never as my daily driver. But hearing how Google's smartphone platform had evolved so significantly since I first became an iPhone user, both in terms of software and hardware, I decided it was time to give it a try. Read on for my experiences thus far.
  • How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos

    By Shawn Knight on

    You don't have to be a professional photographer to snap amazing pictures of fireworks. All you need is some basic equipment and know-how, the latter of which we offer up here.
  • Make Chrome Run Faster and Keep RAM Usage Under Control

    By Jose Vilches on

    For all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops. Google is continually improving in this area, but there are some things you can do to curb memory usage and keep Chrome from becoming slow and annoying. We'll also share some 'hidden' features to get the most out of your web browsing experience.
  • Then and Now: 6 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    With the release of Pascal the time has come to revisit history and see how 6 generations of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards compare. From Fermi-based GTX 480 to today's flagship, the GTX 1080, how much faster do you think today's cards are?
  • Unreal Tournament's 'Facing Worlds' is still the best multiplayer map

    By Kevin Wong on

    For the uninitiated, here's a little bit of context: Unreal Tournament drew first blood on the PC in 1999, with a fanciful, science fiction tone and particularly gory splatters. The game focused its efforts on online multiplayer. Never before, nor since, has Capture the Flag been so much fun.
  • A Gallery of Weird Keyboard Layouts

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    There's no place like home row, am I right? We have all undoubtedly come a long way from typing our very first letters to the point it becomes second nature, but it's probably safe to say that many of us don't know much about what lies beyond the standard QWERTY keyboard. Well, there's so much more. Let's take a look at some popular and regional keyboard layouts.
  • DDR4 Memory at 4000 MT/s, Does It Make a Difference?

    By Steven Walton on

    For the most part we test using DDR4-3000, as it occasionally shows some benefits over the more typical 2400 and 2666 MHz speeds. Going to 4000 MHz and beyond is a massive increase in frequency (and cost) and I struggled to imagine where this would be useful, particularly when gaming. Then again, curiosity had gotten the better of me...
  • The Dark Web: What Is It and How To Access It

    By Jose Vilches on

    The deep web is not actually a 'place' but rather anywhere other than the visible web that is crawled, indexed and accesed through links fetched by search engines. It's several times bigger than the visible web, and it encompasses a lot more than the illegal or otherwise questionable activities that it is often associated with -- though there's certainly a lot of that going on, too.
  • Seven Steam games whose reviews have changed a lot

    By Nathan Grayson on

    Valve recently overhauled Steam's review system, putting a larger focus on recent perspectives. The move made sense. Games are no longer static works. They constantly evolve thanks to updates and programs like Early Access. The system is, by and large, very useful, providing percentages that give narrow and wide snapshots of games. But numbers only tell part of the story.
  • My Month Without a Smartphone

    By Rob Thubron on

    You've probably seen plenty of "I spent a week without my smartphone" articles based on short social experiments. Two things make this article different from all those others. First, I've been without my device for over a month now, not a week. And second, I didn't choose to go this long without my phone, it was taken from me -- in a way.
  • Better Buy: Previous-Gen Flagship vs. Today's Budget Smartphones

    By Tim Schiesser on

    If you're in the market for a new phone and don't have a ton of money to spend, most companies would want you to look at their collection of mid-range and entry-level handsets. But that's not always the smartest move if you know where to look.
  • The Best Strategy Games on PC

    By Luke Plunkett on

    So what counts as a strategy game? Here are the best games to play if you feel like taking charge of something, ruining an economy and/or driving an army across the fields of your enemies.
  • Top 10 Tech Pranks

    By Devin Kate Pope on

    Pranks are awesome. They are one of those few things in life that most people can unequivocally agree on being great. Pranks are in the same league with cat videos, candy, and free stuff - everyone loves 'em. You're a tech-savvy individual, and it's time that your pranks showed that. We've got some ideas...
  • Inside the Murky Process of Getting Games on Steam

    By Nathan Grayson on

    These days, it seems like Valve will let just about anything on Steam. Programs like Greenlight and Early Access make it easier than ever to get a game on the preposterously popular PC storefront. Some of these games are very bad. How does this happen? What is the process actually like?
  • Virtual Reality: The True Cost of Admission (and Why It Doesn't Matter)

    By Shawn Knight on

    Oculus, HTC, and Sony have all released pricing details for their upcoming virtual reality headsets. But what seems pretty cut-and-dry gets complicated in a hurry when you consider they all need additional hardware to power the experience. To help make sense of it all, we've gone through the hassle of analyzing everything to see what the true cost of ownership looks like.
  • The 10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2016

    By Rob Thubron on

    It's impossible to deny that 2015 was an amazing year for the PC ushering in a new golden era of PC gaming. 2016 will have to produce some truly special games to match last year's offerings, and so far, it's not doing too badly but there's still plenty more games to come. Here are our top 10 most anticipated titles.
  • A List of Oculus Rift & HTC Vive VR Games to Look Out for in 2016

    By Jose Vilches on

    If you're among those who've preordered a VR headset or are still on the fence, you may be wondering what are you going to be able to play with it? We've compiled a list of some of the most anticipated or interesting titles arriving soon. Keep in mind that many existing games are getting VR support, though for this list we've kept it (mostly) to made-for-VR games.
  • Shortcut Extravaganza: Windows, Chrome, Android, iPhone and More

    By Devin Pope & Julio Franco on

    What's more appealing than a shortcut? It's a quick way to take a task and make it less painful and easier to accomplish. With shortcuts, you can cheat time a little bit and find maybe a few extra moments each day.
  • TechSpot Best of MWC 2016

    By TechSpot Staff on

    It's been a busy week as more than 90,000 people stormed Barcelona to catch the latest mobile announcements and innovations. This year's Mobile World Congress brought us new smartphones, hybrid mobile devices, more VR hype as well as wearables and IoT gear. Lets take a look at the highlights of the three-day event.
  • DirectX 12 Multi-GPU Technology Tested: GeForce and Radeon Paired Together

    By Steven Walton on

    The new Ashes of the Singularity benchmark 2.0 brings support for explicit multi-adapter (EMA), DirectX 12's multi-GPU technology, which enables support for both AMD and Nvidia GPUs in the same system. This means it's possible to pair a GeForce GTX 980 Ti with a Radeon R9 Fury X and that's exactly what we'll be focusing on today.